Portland weekend events offer families the opportunity to get out and explore the city while having tons of fun. They also give the community a chance to come together to improve their home base. This weekend you’ll find events that inspire smiles, excitement and offer you and your kiddos the opportunity to help make the city a better place to raise kids. Read on to find out where you need to be over the next couple of days.

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SE Portland

Catch the Dinosaur Show
Open for the month of June, Sundays 1-5pm and Tuesdays 1-5pm and other days by chance and appointment!

Enjoy Dinosaurs, Music, Drinks, Friends, and art! True Measure Gallery Presents The “DINO-SAUR” Show curated by Daniel RolnikThe Dinosaur Show features one zillion local artists (and some from far, far away) creating their versions of dinosaurs!) Melissa Monroe and Jesse Reno will have their studios open to share their newest works. Fri.& Sun. Event Details. 

Woodstock Community Annual Clean-Up
Join the Seventh Annual Community Clean-Up. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with coffee, pastries, and fruit. At 11:30 a.m. there is a volunteer lunch. Activities Include: litter pick up, sweeping and planting. Don’t forget to bring reusable gloves! Sat. Event Details.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Join the fun at Gateway Green on Saturday June 2, when Islabikes presents Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Enjoy great riding (for adults too!), hot dogs and ice cream, kids fun races and coaching, bikes from Islabikes, REI, and Community Cycling Center, plus free Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day t-shirts and a helmet give-away while supplies last! Sat. Event Details.


Make Coffee Cup Planters
Celebrate Dad or the coffee lover in your house by giving them a planted coffee mug for their desk. This project is sure to be a big hit with kids and dads alike! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland
Head to the Open Clay Studio
On the1st Saturday of every month you can enjoy Open Clay Studio! Our open studio format means you can create just about anything. Bring an idea or get inspired in the studio! Staff will be on hand for tips and advice, but this is not an instructed class. Appropriate for all ages and skill levels. No reservation required. Sat. Event Details.

Sign Up for the Third Annual Dash to Doughnuts
Don’t miss tis 3k fun run and obstacle course challenge with the Pip’s Original Doughnut truck waiting for you at the finish line with their world-famous Dirty Wu doughnuts. Run takes place along the sidewalk throughout Beaumont and finishes with businesses hosting challenges along Fremont St. Starts and ends at Foot Traffic. Sun. Event Details.

SW Portland

Enjoy the Archaeology Roadshow
The Archaeology Roadshow is a celebration of archaeology and heritage in Oregon designed to introduce the public to archaeology and instill a sense of stewardship for cultural resources. It includes hands on activities, stone tool making demonstrations, a chance to meet real archaeologists, and a panel of experts, among a rotating cast of other exciting exhibits. This year’s theme is “The Archaeology of Change”. Sat. Event Details.


Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade
This glittering illuminated night-time parade lights up downtown! Go see for yourself the twinkling floats, drill teams & marching bands. The PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade will also be aired live on KPTV FOX-12! Sat. Event Details

Head to the Rose Festival City Fair
It’s the festival every child big and small looks forward to! The Rose Festival starts Memorial Day Weekend! Rose Festival overtakes Waterfront Park with rides, games, exhibits, drinks and food, and entertainment on three stages. Other highlights include the Jim Neill Memorial Museum, Eastside Distilling Lounge and interactive exhibits, and much more! Season Passes are available at your local Fred Meyer Stores, select Duck Stores and select Bank of the West locations. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

West Linn

Join the Mary S. Young Park Work Party for June
Head to the the beloved Mary S. Young Park to remove ivy at these first Saturday work days. Volunteers have worked continuously for more than 8 years to remove ivy and other non-native vegetation, plant native plants and trees, build trails, etc. You will get a good workout and feel good about contributing to the health of this beautiful forest.

Tools are provided. Work gloves and sturdy footwear recommended. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal. Sat. Event Details.

Does your family have a community betterment event they like to attend? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti